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How to Utilize Eastern European Yizkor Books for Genealogical Research – Sun Feb 19 at 10:30am

February 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

How to Utilize Eastern European Yizkor Books
for Genealogical Research
Speaker: Jerrold Landau
Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Avenue
 Sunday, February 19th, 2017 at 10:30 am
Doors open at 10 am

In this presentation, Jerrold Landau will explore the role of Yizkor Books as a means of investigating one’s Eastern European roots.  An overview of the content that typically appears in Yizkor Books will be provided, as well as a guide to how to find these books in their original form and in translation.  The tools provided by JewishGen to search these books will be demonstrated.  Jerrold will explain why Yizkor Books, while often useful, are not always the silver bullet for which many hope. He will outline several of his own successes in finding mention of his own family in Yizkor Books.

This talk will provide a better understanding of this important, but at times underappreciated, genre of Jewish historical literature.

Jerrold has been a translator of Yizkor Books, encyclopedia articles and other material of Jewish historical and genealogical interest from Hebrew and Yiddish into English over the past two decades.  His translations are published on the JewishGen website as well as on his own personal website at http://jerroldlandau.com, and several of the translated Yizkor Books now appear in print as well.  In addition, Jerrold is an avid amateur genealogist, and has amassed a considerable archive of documents from his own family.


February 19
10:30 am - 12:00 pm